HP Cosmopolitan #3

I’m all done with the HP Cosmopolitan dress. But, it’s not for me.

Why not? I forgot that I added three inches in length to my version so it’s super short and it’s just really, really LOUD on me.  It’s also not work appropriate at this length and the proportions are just wrong at this length. But, for my mom who is several inches shorter, it’ll be perfect. She can wear it to lunch with Trudy and Jeremy. You know, I always saw this fabric as a maxi dress. But, I’m over maxi dresses for 2010.

The fabric is super thin and white. So, I lined the bodice with a chocolate colored tricot that I stocked up on at $1.99 a yard in Panama last August. It’ll also need a slip for the skirt. It just clings to all the wrong parts of me in this fabric weight. Another reason I should give it to my mom. Slips don’t bother her and she’s got non-existent hips.

I understitched the bodice lining so it wouldn’t show through. And, I stabilized the neckline of the chain link fabric with tricot interfacing. I also cut the sleeves shorter to suit the hem length of the dress better. And, as usual, I don’t hem my knits 😉

This is the second failed dress my mom has inherited from me. So far, no complaints from her! I still love this pattern. Just not with this fabric at this length.


  1. I like it. I’d make it louder and wear it with yellow heels. I hope we get to see a picture of your mother wearing it!

    • And I LOVE a loud print. But, even this I can’t wear to work. Between Fla. and Panama my mom will get a lot more wear out of it than me. And, I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t have a single pair of fun coloured shoes!

  2. Very cute dress. I love the chocolate lining. It’s fabulous of you to hand it over to one who’ll get more use out of it. Yea!

  3. Very cute! That pattern and that fabric is *almost* enough to make me want to start sewing dresses, and wish I had somewhere to wear them.

  4. The dress is gorgeous and I absolutely love the fabric! You did an awesome job. I hate it didn’t work for you. In my mind you’d look good in it but of course you’d know best. I’m sure your Mom will be so happy with it:)

  5. I think it’s great that you are passing it on to your mom too! So now what are you going to wear to your meeting with Trudy & Jeremy?!

  6. Very cute!! I recently bought that pattern, but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet! This post is pushing me toward it!

  7. It looks good, sorry it’s not for you. Are you going to whizz up another (longer!) one before your trip?

    • Yep! My parents retired to Panama (although they are originally from the Caribbean and I was born in the states). What part of Panama did you live in?

  8. Beautiful dress! Your mom is lucky. You only have sensible shoes? That’s an excuse to get some red shoes, I think. No shoe diet in 2010, right?

  9. Bummer! It is really nicely made. At least your mother will appreciate it. Now, you still have to find something to wear, right?

  10. It is a crime against nature that you can’t wear that type of dress to work . . . I bet it would look fabulous on you! Your mom is a lucky lady!

  11. Your mom is going to be the cutest thing on wheels in that dress! It’s very sweet that you are giving this to her, regardless of how it came to be…

  12. I really love your dress or actually your moms dress, she is very lucky. I have been checking your creations for a while already and must say that you inspire me a lot. I just started blogging myself and hope to make lots of nice pieces too. Keep up the good work!


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